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Northern Namibia & Namib Desert, 10 Day Tour

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This amazing tour, also known as the “Duo”, combines the Namib Desert and Northern Adventure itineraries. You will experience the wildlife of the incredible Etosha National Park, meet the Himba people in Kaokoland (one of the last true wildernesses of southern Africa), visit the ancient Twyfelfontein rock engravings, enjoy the charm and activities of Swakopmund and marvel at the spectacular dunes of Sossusvlei. Departures are every second Friday.

Departures:
Every second Friday
Schedule:
Day Destination Accommodation  
1 Okonjima Nature Reserve Okonjima's Omboroko Campsite FB+
2 Etosha National Park, East Namutoni Campsite FB+
3 Etosha National Park, South Okaukuejo Campsite FB+
4 Palmwag, Damaraland Hoada Campsite FB+
5 Brandberg, Damaraland Brandberg White Lady Camping FB+
6 Swakopmund Amanpuri Travellers Lodge B
7 Swakopmund Amanpuri Travellers Lodge B
8 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert Sesriem Campsite FB+
9 Sossusvlei, Namib Desert Sesriem Campsite FB+
10 Windhoek   B/L

B = Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner
FB (Full Board) = Dinner, Bed, Breakfast & Lunch
FB+ (Full Board Plus) = Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Activities

Cost:

Price per person: N$22 050
Min: 4pax | Max: 8pax

(Prices valid until 31 Oct 2021)

Departure Dates:

8, 22 May 2020 | 12, 26 Jun 2020 | 10, 24 Jul 2020 | 7, 21 Aug 2020 | 11, 25 Sept 2020 | 9, 23 Oct 2020 | 6, 20 Nov 2020 | 11, 25 Dec 2020 | 8, 22 Jan 2021 | 5, 19 Feb 2021 | 5, 19 March 2021 | 9, 23 April 2021 | 7, 21 May 2021 | 4, 18 June 2021 | 9, 23 July 2021 | 6, 20 Aug 2021 | 3, 17 Sept 2021 | 8, 22 Oct 2021

Included:

Professional guide.

All accommodation as listed above with campsites and guesthouse in Swakopmund.

3 meals a day.

All park fees.

All activities mentioned below.

Passenger liability insurance.

Air conditioned vehicle.

VAT is included in the price.

All camping equipment except sleeping bag (can be rented).

Excluded:

Beverages.

Tips.

Personal insurances.

Other personal items.

Sleeping bag rental (N$30 per day).

ROUTE

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ITINERARY

DETAILED Itinerary (offsite)

Day 1: Windhoek to Okonjima
(Omboroko Campsite or similar)(300km/4h40min)

You will be picked up at your accommodation between 08:00 and 08:45 and transferred to Okonjima which is about 2.5 hours from Windhoek. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a conservation operation that focuses on the long term survival of Namibia's large carnivores in their natural habitat, particularly the cheetah. During the afternoon you will be taken on a tour that will provide more insights into this programme and the opportunity to see some of these majestic animals.

Okonjima is a 22 000 ha nature reserve and AfriCat gives captive cats a chance to be released back into the wild to become completely independent hunters in a protected area.

Activity: AfriCat Foundation Excursion

Included: Lunch, Dinner, Activity

Day 2: Okonjima to Namutoni, Etosha National Park (East)
(Namutoni Campsite)(300km/5h15min)

This morning we make an early start and head off towards the Etosha National Park. We will travel via Lake Otjikoto, which is Namibia's second largest, permanent, natural lake. It is distinguished by its great depth and emerald-green waters. We will rest here and learn about the history and geology of this unusual landmark.

Having arrived at Namutoni in the park, we will set up camp and explore our surroundings. Facilities include two restaurants, a craft shop, swimming pool and viewing deck overlooking King Nehale Waterhole.

We embark on our first game drive during the cool of the afternoon. The game viewing is usually excellent with close sightings of springboks, zebras, impalas, giraffes, gemsboks and plenty of birds. If we are lucky we may also experience close encounters with elephants and lions. Back at the camp we can enjoy a glass of wine and watch a fabulous sunset from the tower of the old German fort before dinner around the campfire.

The Etosha National Park is home to over 100 mammal species, 340 bird species and 110 reptile species. Larger mammals include lion, elephant, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, springbok, zebra and eland. Animals, particularly during the dry season, are dependent on the many waterholes found in the park, and these serve as great places for game viewing. Vegetation in the park is varied, but consists mostly of mopane woodland and grassy plains.

The park is dominated by a large, white depression (the Etosha Pan), which used to be a lake. It is now a dry, dusty, clay and salt pan, but occasionally fills with water after heavy rain. This temporary water attracts thousands of wading birds, including flamingos. Springs along the edge of the Etosha Pan also draw large concentrations of wildlife and birds.

Activities: Otjikoto Lake, Etosha Game Drive

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities

Day 3: Namutoni to Okaukuejo, Etosha National Park, South
(Okaukuejo Campsite)(2hrs)

Today we will spend most of the day searching for animals, as we make our way through the game reserve towards our next rest camp. We will visit a number of waterholes and stop to view the Etosha Pan, also known as the “place of dry water”. This extensive, flat depression is about 5,000 km2. Seeing large herds of game in this setting of shimmering mirages is a unique experience. We may stop at Halali (the middle camp) to have lunch, before we continue on to the southern side of the park and our night camp at Okaukuejo.

After dinner, we recommend a visit to the floodlit waterhole as there is a good chance of seeing rhinos and lions come to drink.

Activities: Etosha Game Drive, Etosha Pan

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 4: Okaukuejo to Palmwag
(Hoada Campsite or similar)

We start our day with a game drive before leaving the park and driving into the desert mountains of the Kaokoveld, one of the last true wildernesses of southern Africa and home of the Himba people. During the afternoon we will pay a visit to Otjikandera Himba village where we will meet the local inhabitants. A special guide is going to be available for the time we are there. The guide will translate for us and introduce us to this indigenous “tribe” of nomadic pastoralists. We will learn about their marriage customs, traditional way of life and food and we will visit the “holy fire”.

Our campsite is nested among large granite boulders and mopane trees. A splash pool is available and the area offers the chance of seeing desert elephant.

Activities: Etosha Game Drive, Otjikandera Himba Village

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 5: Hoada Campsite Damaraland to Brandberg Mountain
(White Lady Camping or similar) (240km/3h35)

Today we will continue south into one of the most beautiful desert regions in Namibia – Damaraland. The area is known for desert elephants and, if we are lucky, we might spot a few. We will visit the Twyfelfontein UNESCO World Heritage Site which features one of the largest and most important concentrations of rock art in Africa. We will pass by the Organ Pipes, a striking rock formation of columnar basalts which resemble organ pipes.

Our campsite is situated near the Brandberg mountain, an ancient Bushman spiritual site. Tonight we will sleep in the shadow of this giant granite monolith.

Activities: Damaraland, Twyfelfontein Rock Art, Organ Pipes, Burnt Mountain, Brandberg

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Activities

Day 6: Brandberg to Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast
(Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or similar)(260km/3h25)

We depart early to enjoy the cool of the morning. Our first stop is the small town of Uis, an old mining town and one of the best places to buy semi-precious stones for which Namibia is famous. Here rough amethyst, tourmaline and other stones can be found at bargain prices.

Having arrived at the coast we drive to Cape Cross, a vast seal colony, north of Swakopmund. Here you are able to get up close to thousands of wild Cape fur seals and observe them in their natural environment.

Tonight your guide will organise a meal at one of Swakopmund's excellent restaurants. The seafood here is superb. Participation is recommended, but not required. Dinner is not included in the price of the safari and will be on the client's own account.

Accommodation for the next two nights will be at a tranquil bed and breakfast.

Activities: Cape Cross Seal Colony

Included: Breakfast and Activity

Day 7: Swakopmund to Walvis Bay to Swakopmund
(Amanpuri Travellers Lodge or similar)(60km/2h30)

Today we travel from “Coast to Coast” to visit the lagoon in Walvis Bay. It is is one of the richest and most important wetlands in southern Africa and home to many water birds including Great and Lesser flamingos, Damara terns, pelicans and avocets. We will also visit the salt works before returning to Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a charming seaside town characterised by German colonial architecture, palm-lined streets, great restaurants, plenty of shops and beautiful beaches. You will be free to explore this town for the rest of the day. It offers plenty to do including a good museum and aquarium. Various optional activities can also be arranged. These include a boat tour (with oysters and champagne), scenic flights and micro-light flights over the desert, fishing trips (either from the beach or a boat), quad-biking in the desert, sandboarding and skydiving. Your guide will discuss all your options and offer to make pre-bookings. Note that all extra activities in Swakopmund are subject to availability and are made at the client's own expense. Lunch and dinner are also at the client's own expense today.

Activities: Walvis Bay Lagoon, Walvis Bay Salt Works

Included: Breakfast and Activities

Day 8: Swakopmund to Sesriem
(Sesriem Campsite or similar)(350km/4h45)

Today we will travel inland again. We may stop briefly in Walvis Bay to say farewell to the flamingos before climbing the mountains across the Gaub and Kuiseb passes and passing through a spectacular, almost moon-like landscape. We aim to arrive at our camp in the desert during the late afternoon.

Our campsite is shaded by ancient camelthorn trees. A swimming pool offers a place to relax and cool off and there is a bar serving cold drinks.

We will go on a short excursion to the nearby Elim Dune to enjoy the sunset and watch the colors glow and change on the mountains before going back for dinner around a campfire.

Activities: Namib-Naukluft National Park, Elim Dune

Included: Breakfast, Park Fees and Activities

Day 9: Sesriem and Sossusvlei
(Sesriem campsite or similar)

We make an early start so as to catch the soft light of sunrise over the desert. After passing through Sesriem we continue towards Sossusvlei with sand dunes rising along both sides of the road. This iconic landscape is made up of white plains and red dunes which tower majestically against a deep blue sky and are among the highest in the world. We will stop at the famous Dune 45, a beautiful star dune which reaches over 170 metres in height. Those who feel fit enough to climb the dune will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Namibian desert.

After breakfast we will take a desert walk in the cool of the morning, with the chance of seeing gemsbok, springbok, black-backed jackal and ostrich. We will also visit the picturesque Dead Vlei. This white clay pan lies between towering orange dunes and is dotted with the skeletal remains of hundreds of dead camelthorn trees, making it a striking vista and photographer's dream. We will return to our camp for lunch.

As the day begins to cool, we will enjoy a short excursion to Sesriem Canyon.

Activities: Dune 45, Deadvlei, Sossusvlei - The Vlei, Sesriem Canyon

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Park Fees and Activities

Day 10: Sesriem to Windhoek
(400km/5h30)

After breakfast, we travel back to civilisation along scenic roads through the Khomas Hochland Mountain Range. We are likely to arrive back in the city in the afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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